City Hall Offices:  301 Walnut Street, Washington, IL  61571  Phone - 309.444.3196  Fax - 309-444-9779 Water/Sewer Department Phone Number -   309.444.8292


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City Hall Offices:
301 Walnut Street
Washington IL 61571

Phone - 309.444.3196
Fax - 309.444.9779

Water/Sewer Department Phone - 309.444.8292

Jim Culotta
City Administrator

Patricia S. Brown
City Clerk

Joan E. Baxter, C.P.A.

Edward E. Andrews, P.E.
Director of Public Works


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The Administrative Services Department has oversight over all revenue collections and expenditure payments which comprise the City's $31,796,919 annual budget. This Department also serves as the central information center for the City, collects water and sewer utility payments, issues miscellaneous licenses and permits, processes work orders for public services, and administers the Glendale Cemetery.

The Department is responsible for the following activities:

  • Cash management
  • Financial reporting/management information systems
  • Purchasing and disbursements
  • Billing and collection
  • Payroll/human resources
  • Risk management and regulatory compliance
  • Municipal services support


Water and Sewer Utility Billing

The City of Washington bills for water/sewer services in units of 1,000 gallons of water. Sewer charges are based on water consumption. The current charges (effective October 1, 2016) are as follows:


Water Sewer Minimum
Resident $4.12/1,000 gallons $8.58/1,000 gallons $10.30/quarter
Qualified Senior Citizen/Disabled          $3.71/1,000 gallons          $7.72/1,000 gallons          $9.28/quarter
Circuit Breaker $3.38/1,000 gallons $6.47/1,000 gallons $8.45/quarter
Non-resident $4.94/1,000 gallons $10.29/1,000 gallons $12.35/quarter
Monthly Technology Fee All Accounts Singled Meter $3.85 Dual Meter $5.50  

An average bill is difficult to estimate because water consumption habits vary greatly from household to household. However, many families use about 2,000 gallons per month per member in the family. Using the resident rate, this would translate into monthly usage of $29.25 per person for single meter households and $30.90 per person for dual meter households. Dual meter households are those that would have a water usage only meter for outside watering use.

Water and Sewer Billing and Collection

CLICK HERE for Senior Citizen Discount information. Qualified residents can print the form and drop it by or mail it to Water/Sewer Department, 301 Walnut Street, Washington, IL 61571.

CLICK HERE to see how to read your water/sewer bill.

Water and sewer bills are issued monthly and are due on the last day of the month in which they are issued. Bills that are delinquent at the end of the month are assessed a late payment penalty of the greater of 1.5% of the balance or $10. A lien may also be placed on the property in accordance with City ordinance. City ordinance also indicates that the owner of a property is responsible for payment of outstanding accounts resulting from non-payment by a tenant. 

If service is terminated due to non-payment, the outstanding account balance must be paid in full in addition to a $50 restoration fee before service is restored. Service may also be disconnected for a non-sufficient fund check received at shut-off or non-payment of deposits due. If you wish to discuss payment arrangements, please call the Water Department.

Bills may be paid after hours or on weekends at the drop/mail slot located at the side door entrance to City Hall (just off N. Elm Street). Bills may also be paid at Washington State Bank, 1110 Peoria Street and Ipava State Bank, 116 Washington Square. Electronic Debit Withdrawal is also now available to make payment on your water/sewer bill. You may click here to print the form that will enable you to begin this payment option. Please fill out the form and either drop it by City Hall, 301 Walnut Street or mail it to Water/Sewer Department, 301 Walnut Street, Washington, IL 61571.

To pay by credit card, you may now do so through a program offered by the State Treasurer's Office called Illinois Epay. There is a convenience fee that the credit card companies charge that is disclosed to you prior to payment. There is no charge to the City for this service and the fee goes directly to the credit card company. Currently, you may use Discover, American Express or MasterCard to make your on-line payment. Just click the button below to pay your water/sewer bill through Illinois Epay!

Illinois E-Pay

Outside Water Usage

The City of Washington does not give sewer credits for water used for landscaping purposes or swimming pools. However, an additional "water only" meter may be purchased at City Hall for $140. This meter will register outside water usage and there will not be a sewer charge assessed. A minimum bill amount will be applied for usage less than 850 gallons.

Water and Sewer Service Connection

If you are moving in or out of the City or within the City, please contact the Water Department to establish or terminate service. For all new accounts, a $100 water deposit is required. If you subsequently move but stay within the water district, the water deposit will be transferred. If you move outside of the district, your deposit will be applied to the final billing.


Effective May 19, 2003, City personnel will perform all excavations for burials taking place at Glendale Cemetery. A concrete vault must be used for full burial. Such a vault is not required for burial in the infant section or for cremations.

The planting of all trees, bushes, shrubs and other woody plants of any type is prohibited in Glendale Cemetery, except by authorized city personnel. This woody plant restriction applies to both the public areas of the cemetery and private burial plots. The city has a long-term landscaping and tree planting plan for the cemetery grounds and accepts cash donations to help defray planting and landscaping costs.

The planting of non-woody plants on private burial plots is permissible with the consent of the person or family holding the interment rights. Please contact cemetery personnel in advance of any planting on private burial plots.

The above planting policies are intended to avoid infringement on other public and private properties in the cemetery.

Decorative items such as artificial plants, statuaries, shepherd hooks, fencing, etc. must be confined to the designated 2 ft. x 4 ft. headstone area. Foot markers must not exceed 12" in height and must be confined to the designated 2 ft. x 4 ft. stone area. Structures other than monuments are not allowed on the grave site, i.e. benches, etc. City personnel reserve the right to remove any live greenery decoration that has subsequently turned brown, as well as any artificial decoration that is detached or in disrepair.

The City of Washington cannot be held responsible for items lost, stolen, or damaged through acts of vandalism. Any maintenance needs related to monuments should be referred to a monument company.

Prices and Fees (effective September 1, 2013)

Grave Prices   
Graves in the Memorial Gardens  $600.00 
Graves in traditional "upright stone" area  $700.00 
Graves in infant burial section  $100.00 
  • Additional burials on the same grave site will be charged a $100 multi-use fee in lieu of purchasing a separate grave site. This fee will be charged at the time of need.
  • A maximum of three interments per grave site is allowed to consist of: one traditional and two cremation burials; or three cremation burials.
  • A down payment is required of one-half the total cost for grave sites that are purchased prior to the time of need. The remaining balance may be paid in 3 equal monthly installments. Failure to make required payments or to pay in full within 90 days will result in forfeiture of the unpaid grave sites.
Interment Fees     
Regular Interment  $600.00 Mon. - Fri.  $700.00 Sat., Sun. & Holidays 
Cremation Interment  $300.00 Mon. - Fri.   $350.00 Sat., Sun. & Holidays  
Infant Interment  $250.00 Mon. - Fri.   $300.00 Sat., Sun. & Holidays  
  • If disinterment is requested, the fees will be double the interment fees as indicated above.
  • There shall be a fee for trading sites or lots, which shall be as follows:
            $50 for exchange of 1-4 grave sites
            $75 for exchange of 5-8 grave sites
            $100 for exchange of 9 grave sites or greater

DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS - Public Works Department

Edward E. Andrews, P.E.

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Engineering Services

  • Construction Standards development
  • Annual street maintenance program
  • Curb & Gutter and miscellaneous concrete repair program

Capital Project Development & Implementation

  • Streets
  • Water Treatment & Distribution
  • Wastewater Collection & Treatment
  • Stormwater DrainageStormwater Drainage

Subdivision Development

  • Construction plan review and approval
  • Construction oversight

Site Development Construction Plan Review and Approval

Stormwater Management

Kern Road  N. Cummings Lane  School Street  Route 24 
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan  Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan- Sheet 1  Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan  Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan 
Notice of Intent  Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan- Sheet 2 Notice of Intent  Notice of Intent 
  Notice of Intent     


Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Regulatory Permitting and Compliance

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